MINEOLA - Democrats in the Nassau Legislature have blocked a plan that would have let the county borrow $41 million to pay for tax refunds owed to businesses and residents. As News 12 Long Island has reported, the Legislature has bickered back and forth along party lines for weeks over how to pay for the refunds. Republicans want to borrow the money, but Democrats argue the county shouldn't take on any more debt. Without a borrowing plan in place, County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) has threatened to make drastic cuts to county agencies and programs. He said last week that he would close departments and furlough workers to come up with the money. After the borrowing plan failed, Republican lawmakers retorted by approving a bill that gives Mangano the authority to take "any and all actions deemed necessary" to close the budget gap. Union leaders quickly pledged to fight that decision in court.County workers and community groups pleaded with county lawmakers to stop arguing and work together to prevent cuts to important programs.

Mangano threatens $40M in cuts without borrowing plan